1. How long have you been writing?
I've been tagging since I was 12 years old, with a variety of different common names that never went anywhere but my local toy buff spots. I think around late 05 is when I actually got into letters and exploring different parts of the city. So you can say started tagging in 1999, but started doing graffiti in 2005. In 2005, is when Pale from STP took me under his wing, and really showed me the real side of graffiti.
I will never forget when he took me into the Burbank Wash and showed me what a graff yard looked like, and listening to the stories he remembers having down there when he first started also.
2. How did you get the name Dahm? Did you write anything else before?
The Dahm Triplets, former Playmates. Once I heard the name, I couldn't help but think how perfect of a name it was, no one else had it, and it didn't sound like a everyday word you would hear, and then I would also say later, that I got it from serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, or switch it up to Dahminatrixxx, which I don't mind either.
Let's see, I first started with Lump back in the day, and then, Fave, Klub, Gide, and Arson, and a countless amount of Faze and Daze names.
3. Who were your influences?
Vade, Esel, CDP, and U5F.
Vade, because his graff stood out the most to me when I use to walk the LA River, and not only that, he had every cut in LA first, and most of them are still rocking.
Esel, because his style is my favorite, readable and his own, if he did a CBS or WAI or a FP, you would be able to tell it was his style. There was an abandoned box truck along the 110 South transition to the 5 South where he did his name, and along the top, he wrote "Chicken Bone Syndrome", and ever since seeing that bomb, I wanted to get into actual bombing solid, readable letters like that.
CDP, because there wasn't anyone in that crew who wasn't getting up. Kween, Bas, and the rest of them had countless rollers and roller filled bombs all over the LA River, Ralos had Downtown covered wherever you went, especially cuts, and the whole crew just gave each other competition, and it worked out perfectly.
U5F, because they pretty much popped Downtown's cherry when it comes to spots, and staying up. You can't go on one of Skid Row's streets without seeing one of their bombs still running.
4. Do you like to paint at permission spots?
Not really, I won't say no to the right one, but it's just not the kind of graffiti I like to look at.
It's 2 completely different worlds when it comes to legals, and illegals. When you paint illegally, it's a lot more of a risk, when it comes to a fresh bomb in a empty lot, or on a cutty, or on the side of a freeway, you see it, and you just know that that writer has a crazy story for what he went through for that spot.
When you look at a legal, you just think of someone painting that during the day with cars passing by without a care in the world.
5. Do you paint at yards or strictly street action?
I had my phase of painting a lot of yards, but over time, I got tired with toys going over my graff, so that's when I started being picky about the spots I paint.
And that's when I got into cuts, and virgin spots that you can't just drive by and see it. I hear criticizing about some of the spots I paint, but I'm sure they'll stop when they see it's still there 5 years from now, maybe even longer.
6. Do you have a favorite brand of paint?
I'll paint with almost anything, if its wack paint, then I'll just use it for background fading or something, I'll find a utilization for it.
I really like the colors that Ironlak is coming out with, and that shit smells fucken good too, but it's also a pretty penny.
My favorite brand of paint would have to be American Accents, just because it's the brand I use the most, but I don't mind any other brands to paint with.
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